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New York Film Academy Online Workshops

Online Workshops offered at New York Film Academy

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ONLINE WORKSHOPS

NYFA's "Hands-Online" Workshops are active creative learning experiences where you will participate, from home, in every class, interact with your teacher and classmates, and create original work. Each workshop includes live interactive instruction, group meetings, and additional one-on-one consultations with the instructor.

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP DATES ANNOUNCED!

We have announced our Holiday Online Workshops which will all commence December 7, 2020. Programs offered during the holidays include Filmmaking and Acting:
  • 4-Week Online Workshops: December 7, 2020 - January 15, 2021
  • 2-Week Online Workshops: December 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
  • 1-Week Online Workshops: December 7, 2020 - December 11, 2020
See below for more details.

Workshops offered in:

Film & Media Performing Arts Online Workshop Start Dates

1-Week Online Holiday Workshops (Filmmaking and Acting)
  • December 7, 2020 - December 11, 2020
2-Week Online Holiday Workshops (Filmmaking and Acting)
  • December 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
4-Week Online Holiday Workshops (Filmmaking and Acting)
  • December 7, 2020 - January 15, 2021
8, 6, 4, 2 and 1-Week Online Workshops:
  • January 4, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2021
  • April 5, 2021
  • May 3, 2021
  • June 7, 2021
  • July 6, 2021
  • August 2, 2021
  • September 13, 2021
  • October 11, 2021
  • December 6, 2021
15-Week Online Workshops (Excluding 15-Week Online Screenwriting):
  • January 11, 2021
  • February 8, 2021
  • March 8, 2021
  • April 12, 2021
  • May 10, 2021
  • June 14, 2021
  • July 12, 2021
  • August 9, 2021
  • September 20, 2021
  • October 18, 2021
  • December 6, 2021
15-Week Screenwriting Online Workshops:
  • January 18, 2021
  • May 10, 2021
  • August 30, 2021
Any program dates not listed above are outlined in the workshop description below.

Schedules:

8, 6, 4, 2 and 1-Week Online Workshop Schedules

All 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1-Week Online workshops will be held daily as a class with a live instructor, Monday through Friday (unless otherwise specified in the workshop description).

Scheduled classes are as follows (excluding Part Time 8-week and 4-week workshops, see Part Time Workshop schedule below):
  • 2 x 2 hour classes per day (4 hours a day in total)
  • Times of classes:
    • 12:00 -2:00 p.m. and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time
    • Translated to different time zones, the class hours are:
  • There will be a total of 20 hours of class time for each week. Hours of class time for each program is as follows:
    • 8-weeks = 160 hours of class time (8-Week Online Film Directing is the only exception, which is 120 hours of class time)
    • 6-weeks = 120 hours of class time
    • 4-weeks = 80 hours of class time
    • 2-weeks = 40 hours of class time
    • 1-week = 20 hours of class time
Scheduled classes for Part Time 8-week and 4-week Workshops are as follows
  • 1 x 2 hour class per day (2 hours a day in total)
  • Times of classes:
    • 8:00 -10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
    • Translated to different time zones, the class hours are:
  • There will be a total of 10 hours of class time for each week. Hours of class time for each program is as follows:
    • 8-weeks Part Time = 80 hours of class time
    • 4-weeks Part Time = 40 hours of class time
15-Week Online Workshops (Excluding 15-Week Screenwriting)

The 15-Week workshops follow the same curriculum as the 4-Week Workshops spread over 15 weeks, and are designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.

The 15-Week workshops will meet as a class with a live instructor Tuesdays and Thursdays with an additional class on Wednesdays for weeks 14 and 15.

Scheduled classes are as follows:
  • 1 x 2.5 hour class on each meeting day, as indicated above.
  • There are two program schedule options to choose from:
  • There will be a total of 80 hours of class time for 15-week online workshops.
Other Workshop Duration Schedules

We offer other programs with varied duration. Their specific details can be found in the workshop descriptions below.


Film & Media


15-WEEK ONLINE FILMMAKING

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
This 15-Week workshop follows the same curriculum as the 4-Week workshops but is spread over fifteen weeks. It’s designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.

Schedule Options
The program is offered for two different time zone options. Click here for the two options.

Workshop Description
The Evening Online Film Workshop gives students the instruction they need while allowing them to fulfill other obligations during the day throughout the workweek.

Over the course of fifteen weeks students will learn that film directing is all about making informed creative decisions that best serve the needs of the story. In addition to learning how a director communicates with cast, crew and, ultimately, the audience, participants will also get a thorough introduction to all roles found on a film set, including: Producing, Production Design, Cinematography, Editing, Screenwriting and Sound Design.

All classes are geared toward providing the building blocks needed to create a compelling short film. The course meets two evenings a week for 2.5-hour classes for the first thirteen weeks and three nights a week for the last two weeks.

Throughout the fifteen week commitment, in addition to the class hours, students will also have scheduled edit sessions to complete their projects and will participate in directing their own projects - three in total. It is truly a learning by doing experience.

This is an introductory workshop, no prerequisites are required nor any prior experience expected.

Weekly Breakdown
  • Weeks 1-4:Visual Literacy/Understanding the Language of Cinema and shot design for continuity.
    • Practicum: Continuity Exercise
  • Weeks 5-9: Elements of Story, Pacing & Rhythm.
    • Practicum: Music & Montage Exercise
  • Weeks 10-13: Building Character, Creating POV, Working with Dialogue and the Importance of Sound.
    • Practicum: Final Film Exercise physical Production
  • Weeks 14 & 15: Putting it All Together
    • Practicum: Post Production on Final Film
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8-WEEK ONLINE FILMMAKING (Part Time)

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

This Part Time workshop is the equivalent of our 4-week Online Film Directing Workshop, but meets only once per day (instead of twice) Monday through Friday from 8am to 10am Eastern Standard Time (8pm to 10pm China Standard Time), over an 8-week period.

This workshop focuses on how a filmmaker writes, preps for and directs a short film while focusing on the fact that good storytelling is never about the technology but rather the story and the acting.

Through a series of online lectures and guided exercises this workshop will cover the tools available to help implement the Director’s vision in the unique narrative structure of the short film they write. Examined in depth this course covers including but is not limited to the necessary elements that make a good scene/story, how a director breaks down the written word into visual shots and creates point of view, getting good performances from the actors and designing a visual strategy for their story.

Students participate in a series of lectures, discussions, and in-class screenings to further hone their understanding of the art and craft of directing. This class has a special focus on pre-production and the elements of visual storytelling. A coherent visual approach to each proposed film should be arrived at by course end.

Prerequisites – Because all short-term Filmmaking workshops start at the introductory level no prerequisites are required nor any prior experience expected.

Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Weeks 1&2: Intro to the Language of Cinema
    • Intro to the Language of Cinema
    • Practicum: Mise-en-scene Exercise
  • Weeks 3&4: Continuity and Shot Design
    • Practicum: Continuity Exercise
  • Weeks 5&6: Elements of Story, Pacing & Rhythm
    • Practicum: Music & Montage Exercise
  • Weeks 7&8: Putting it all together
    • Practicum: Polished cut of Music & Montage Exercise
      • Practicum: Visual Director’s Prepro Book

8-WEEK ONLINE FILMMAKING

Tuition: $2,700 (USD)
Please note: All other 8-Week Online workshops are 160 hours and priced at $3,600.
This particular 8-Week program is 120 hours hence the lower cost.


Program Schedule
  • Two x 2-hour classes per day Monday-Friday for the first four weeks (80 total hours).
  • One x 2-hour class per day in the remaining four weeks (40 total hours).
  • Some days during the second month will be dedicated to self guided preparation, shooting and editing with no scheduled classes.
  • All classes are scheduled for 12pm-2pm and/or 3pm-5pm EST.
  • Total hours is 120 hours.
About the Program

Designed for people who wish to study the craft of filmmaking in an intensive environment, the 8-Week Online Filmmaking Workshop challenges students to produce five films over a period of two months.

For students with little or no filmmaking experience, the 8-Week Online Filmmaking Workshop offers the best of all worlds: focused learning with working industry experts and the opportunity to make a fully-realized final film.

The program is divided between online classes, consultations and the production by each student of a series of short films of increasing difficulty. Following production and post-production of each film, students screen their work for their classmates and instructors engaging in critique and discussion.

The first month of the program is dedicated to laying the foundational skills necessary for effective and compelling filmmaking. It is during this intensive period the first four film exercises are completed.

During the second month of the program each student writes, directs, and edits a final film of up to ten minutes. Students have a pre-production period to cast, scout locations, plan their final films and meet with instructors for one-on-one consultation.

Prerequisites – Because all short-term Filmmaking workshops start at the introductory level no prerequisites are required nor any prior experience expected.

Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Week 1: Intro to the Language of Cinema
    • Practicum: Mis-en-scene
  • Week 2: Continuity and Shot Design
    • Practicum: Continuity Exercise
  • Week 3: Elements of Story, Pacing & Rhythm
    • Practicum: Music & Montage Exercise
  • Week 4: Understanding Dialogue & Directing the Performance
    • Practicum: Subtext Exercise
  • Week 5-8: Preproduction, Production and Post Final Film
    • Practicum: Final Film
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4-WEEK ONLINE FILMMAKING

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

This workshop focuses on how a filmmaker writes, preps for and directs a short film while focusing on the fact that good storytelling is never about the technology but rather the story and the acting.

Through a series of online lectures and guided exercises this workshop will cover the tools available to help implement the Director’s vision in the unique narrative structure of the short film they write. Examined in depth this course covers including but is not limited to the necessary elements that make a good scene/story, how a director breaks down the written word into visual shots and creates point of view, getting good performances from the actors and designing a visual strategy for their story.

Students participate in a series of lectures, discussions, and in-class screenings to further hone their understanding of the art and craft of directing. This class has a special focus on pre-production and the elements of visual storytelling. A coherent visual approach to each proposed film should be arrived at by course end.

Prerequisites – Because all short-term Filmmaking workshops start at the introductory level no prerequisites are required nor any prior experience expected.

Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Week 1: Intro to the Language of Cinema
    • Intro to the Language of Cinema
  • Week 2: Continuity and Shot Design
    • Practicum: Continuity Exercise
  • Week 3: Elements of Story, Pacing & Rhythm
    • Practicum: Music & Montage Exercise
  • Week 4: Putting it all together
    • Practicum: Polished cut of Music & Montage Exercise
      • Practicum: Visual Director’s Prepro Book
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2-WEEK ONLINE FILMMAKING

The Two Week Online Filmmaking program provides a thorough introduction to the principles and grammar of the cinematic language, while emphasizing that good film directing is built on effective communication. Prioritizing the storyteller’s preparation students learn how a director translates the written word from page to screen.

Through a series of online lectures and guided exercises this workshop will cover the tools available to help implement the Director’s vision in the unique narrative structure of the short film they write. Examined in depth this course covers including but is not limited to: the necessary elements that make a good scene/story, how a director creates a shot list and floor plan, how to get story appropriate performances from the cast and designing a visual strategy for their story.

Students participate in a series of lectures, discussions, and in-class screenings to further hone their understanding of the art and craft of directing. A coherent visual approach to each proposed film should be arrived at by course end.

Prerequisites - Because all short-term Filmmaking workshops start at the introductory level no prerequisites are required nor any prior experience expected.

Weekly Breakdown
  • Week 1: Intro to the Language of Cinema
    • Practicum: Mis-en-scene
  • Week 2: Continuity and Shot Design
    • Practicum: Continuity Exercise
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1-WEEK ONLINE FILMMAKING

Tuition: $450 (USD)

The 1-Week Online Filmmaking Workshop is the most intensive, instructional one-week program in filmmaking that can be found at any film school. In one short week, students are instructed in the basics of writing, directing, cinematography and digital editing. Each student writes, directs, shoots, and edits a short film project.

The pace of this 1-Week course is feverish, and students must be prepared to live and breathe filmmaking for the duration of the workshop. The 1-Week workshop was designed to serve the needs of a variety of students, yet through online classes and exercises, all students gain an understanding of the requirements and rigors of filmmaking, as well as experience the exhilaration of seeing a completed project.

For some, the workshop is an opportunity to see if filmmaking is the appropriate craft for them.

All students enrolling in the 1-Week Online Filmmaking workshop should be aware that this is an introductory course. The limitations of a one-week course should be apparent, given that many people spend years studying film and perfecting their craft. While the 1-Week Online Filmmaking workshop is not meant to be a substitute for longer-term programs, many students have made excellent projects and decided to pursue movie making in the future.

Program and Software Requirements
  • To complete the assigned project, the student will edit using DaVinci Resolve, which can be downloaded free of charge.
  • Students will also need a camera capable of recording video, in this course a mobile device will suffice.
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15-WEEK ONLINE CINEMATOGRAPHY

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
This 15-Week workshop follows the same curriculum as the 4-week workshops but is spread over fifteen weeks. It’s designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.


This workshop is focused on understanding the basic principles of cinematography with a combination of online lectures, analysis of the history of cinematography, camera and basic lighting technology and techniques, including an introduction to editing and color correction using Davinci Resolve.

The students will test what they learn during the online lectures with 3 exercises that are designed to be realized even in isolation, if required by local health conditions, using a digital camera of their own possession, including a cell phone if nothing else is available.

Program and Software Requirements
  • Computer: Mac, Windows or Linux based computer with the capacity of running Davinci Resolve on it and with webcam
  • Internet access in order to follow the online classes live and interact with instructors and classmates
  • Software: Davinci Resolve 16 Lite, free software downloadable at https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
  • Camera: Any camera will do for the program, even a cellphone. We suggest, but not require, apps like Filmic Pro to be able to control manually the functions of the video camera of the phone.
Class Breakdown
  • Cinematographer’s Craft - 9 Classes
  • History Of Cinematography - 3 Classes
  • Camera - 2 Classes
  • Lighting & Grip - 3 Classes
  • Editing
    • Editing On Davinci Resolve - 3 Classes
    • Basic Elements Of Color Correction - 3 Classes
  • Production Lab - 6 Classes
  • Screen And Review - 3 Classes
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4-WEEK ONLINE CINEMATOGRAPHY

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

This workshop is focused on understanding the basic principles of cinematography with a combination of online lectures, analysis of the history of cinematography, camera and basic lighting technology and techniques, including an introduction to editing and color correction using Davinci Resolve (free download available).

The students will test what they learn during the online lectures with 3 exercises that are designed to be realized using a digital camera of their own possession, including a cell phone if nothing else is available.

Projects are:
  • Composition: As directed during the Production Lab prep class the students will create a series of shots to practice and test the knowledge of composition and the technical elements of cinematography (focus, exposure, color, basic camera movements).
  • Continuity: The student will create a small scene, within a space that is safely accessible to them, in which they will use different framing, angles of view and available or self-made light to build the narrative. Could be fictional (ex: a mystery presence in the room) or documentary (ex: a family member/partner baking a cake)
  • Montage: For their final film, the students will pick an abstract concept (ex: fear, excitement, love, solitude, etc.) and film images that will describe it visually either on their own or combined with others. The project focuses less on the narrative aspect of filmmaking and more on the capacity of cinematography to deliver a subtext of significance to otherwise unrelated images.
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15-WEEK ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
This 15-Week workshop follows the same curriculum as the 4-week workshops but is spread over fifteen weeks. It’s designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.


This 15-Week Online Digital Photography Workshop is an intensive exploration of photography in the digital age. Photo Arts Conservatory students are immersed in the art and craft of still photography, are introduced to the tools necessary to capture great images, and learn to refine them through digital imaging.

Photography students at New York Film Academy develop the skills necessary to research, compose, and capture digital photographic projects in hands-on courses. Students are encouraged to be creative, and are taught to think of each project as a concise statement of artistic and aesthetic intent. They expand their repertoire of techniques as they explore practical sources of light and shadow.

No prior experience is required to enroll in the 15-Week Digital Photography Workshop.

Please note: All students are required to bring a digital camera with manual exposure controls.

Program and Software Requirements
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera (either camera must have manual controls)
  • A lens (any focal length)
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Computer
Class Breakdown
  • Week 1
    • Class Session 1 – Photo
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 2
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 3
    • Class Session 1 – Photo
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 4
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – History of Photo
  • Week 5
    • Class Session 1 – Photo
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 6
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 6
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 7
    • Class Session 1 – Photo
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 8
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – History of Photo
  • Week 9
    • Class Session 1 – Photo
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 10
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – Photo
  • Week 11
    • Class Session 1 – Photo
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 12
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – History of Photo
  • Week 13
    • Class Session 1 – Photo
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 14
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – Imaging
  • Week 15
    • Class Session 1 – Vision & Style
    • Class Session 2 – Photo
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4-WEEK ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Tuition: $1,800

This Online Photography workshop is constructed to deliver a great deal of content in a short time and is an exceptional opportunity for an intensive education in photography for four weeks. The course will cover Adobe Lightroom classic, camera operations, elements of exposure, the history of photography through 1960, and a deep dive into the creation of personal projects.

Classes: Photo 1, Imaging 1, Vision and Style, History of Photography

Students will need:
  • A DSLR camera and lens (any focal length) that has manual controls
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic (available for $10 per month)
  • Computer
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15-WEEK ONLINE PRODUCING

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
This 15-Week workshop follows the same curriculum as the 4-week workshops but is spread over fifteen weeks. It’s designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.


Schedule Options
The program is offered for two different time zone options. Click here for the two options.

Workshop Description
This Online Workshop gives students a comprehensive overview of the entire producing for film and television process. Courses include: Producer's Craft (explores every aspect of Creative Producing), Line Producing (students learn the elements of production management, including budgeting and scheduling), Pitching (an essential producing skill), Entertainment Law, Film Finance, Film Festival Strategies, as well as an introduction to the various crafts of filmmaking including: Screenwriting, Directing, Camera/Lighting, Sound and Editing. Graduates of the program will gain practical and pragmatic skills, tools, and knowledge, enabling them to develop and hone necessary skills for a career in the film and television industry.

There are no prerequisites for this Workshop.

Program and Software Requirements
Students are required to purchase Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software, at a cost of $150/each, using the special NYFA discount code, at the start of the program. Total additional cost is $300. Students own the software in perpetuity following the conclusion of the Workshop

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8-WEEK ONLINE PRODUCING (PART TIME)

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

This Part Time workshop is the equivalent of our 4-week Online Producing Workshop, but meets only once per day (instead of twice) Monday through Friday from 8am to 10am Eastern Standard Time (8pm to 10pm China Standard Time), over an 8-week period.

This Online Producing workshop gives students a comprehensive overview of the entire producing process. Courses include: Producer's Craft (explores every aspect of Creative Producing), Line Producing (in addition to tuition, students must purchase Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software, using the special New York Film Academy discount code for a total cost of $300. Students will own this software even after the course is completed), Pitching (an essential producing skill), Entertainment Law, Film Finance, Film Festival Strategies, as well as an introduction to the various crafts of filmmaking including: Screenwriting, Directing, Camera/Lighting, Sound and Editing. Graduates of the program will gain practical and pragmatic skills, tools, and knowledge, enabling them to develop and hone necessary skills for a career in the film and television industry.

Classes: Producer’s Craft, Line Producing , Pitching, Entertainment Law, Story and Screenwriting, Film Finance, TV Industry Overview, Film Festival Strategies, Case Studies, Intro to Editing, Intro to Camera/Lighting, Intro to Sound, Directing for Producers

Additional cost: Additional cost: There will be an additional approx. US$300 cost incurred during the workshop for Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software. During the course, you will be provided with a student discount code to purchase the software directly through the software company's website. Students will own this software even after the course is completed.

4-WEEK FILM AND TV PRODUCING

Tuition: $1,800

This Online Producing workshop gives students a comprehensive overview of the entire producing process. Courses include: Producer's Craft (explores every aspect of Creative Producing), Line Producing (in addition to tuition, students must purchase Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software, using the special New York Film Academy discount code for a total cost of $300. Students will own this software even after the course is completed), Pitching (an essential producing skill), Entertainment Law, Film Finance, Film Festival Strategies, as well as an introduction to the various crafts of filmmaking including: Screenwriting, Directing, Camera/Lighting, Sound and Editing. Graduates of the program will gain practical and pragmatic skills, tools, and knowledge, enabling them to develop and hone necessary skills for a career in the film and television industry.

Classes: Producer’s Craft, Line Producing , Pitching, Entertainment Law, Story and Screenwriting, Film Finance, TV Industry Overview, Film Festival Strategies, Case Studies, Intro to Editing, Intro to Camera/Lighting, Intro to Sound, Directing for Producers

Additional cost: Additional cost: There will be an additional approx. US$300 cost incurred during the workshop for Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software. During the course, you will be provided with a student discount code to purchase the software directly through the software company's website. Students will own this software even after the course is completed.
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2-DAY LINE PRODUCING - ONLINE

Tuition: $473

We are bringing the very popular New York Film Academy 2-Day Line Producing Workshop online! In this workshop, participants learn all aspects of production management in a virtual hands-on setting. Central to the course is Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software.

Workshop Schedule:

The workshop is offered on the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. There are two classes each day:
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Additional cost: There will be an additional approx. US$300 cost incurred during the workshop for Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software. During the course, you will be provided with a student discount code to purchase the software directly through the software company's website. Students will own this software even after the course is completed.
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15-WEEK ONLINE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
This 15-Week workshop follows the same curriculum as the 4-week workshops but is spread over fifteen weeks. It’s designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.


Schedule Options
The program is offered for two different time zone options. Click here for the two options.

Workshop Description
Under the guidance of our expert instructors, students learn the fundamental tools of documentary filmmaking. Classes include directing, documentary storytelling, camera & lighting, producing and editing. Through a series of lectures, in class screenings, practicum assignments — this course shepherds students through the production and launch of three (3) original 1-5 minute documentaries including: observational film, interview film and Final Project film using a home computer and a smartphone.

Following production and post-production of each project, students screen their work with their classmates and instructors and engage in critiques and discussion.

Program and Software Requirements
  • Smart Phone with a camera
  • Filmic Pro App (additional student cost is approximately $14.99)
  • DaVinci Resolve Editing Software (no additional student cost)
  • Laptop or desktop computer with minimum specs for editing
  • Selfie Stick for use in Hands-On Cinematography Workshops
Suggested Resources
  • External hard drive (optional) may cost an additional $30-$200
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4-WEEK ONLINE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

Under the guidance of our expert instructors, students learn the fundamental tools of documentary filmmaking. Classes include directing, documentary storytelling, camera & lighting, producing and editing. Through a series of lectures, in class screenings, practicum assignments — this course shepherds students through the production and launch of three (3) original 1-5 minute documentaries including: observational film, interview film and Final Project film using a home computer and a smartphone.

Following production and post-production of each project, students screen their work with their classmates and instructors and engage in critiques and discussion.

There are no prerequisites for this workshop.

Program Requirements
  • Smart Phone with a camera
  • Filmic Pro App (additional student cost is approximately $14.99)
  • DaVinci Resolve Editing Software (no additional student cost)
  • Laptop or desktop computer with minimum specs for editing
  • Selfie Stick for use in Hands-On Cinematography Workshops
Suggested Resources
  • External hard drive (optional) may cost an additional $30-$200
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15-WEEK ONLINE DIGITAL EDITING WITH ADOBE PREMIERE PRO

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
Please note: Students who submit applications later than Thursday at 5pm (ET) on the week preceding the start date of this workshop may not receive the Adobe Premiere software in time for the first day of class, as the issuance of your NYFA ID and account set-up requires, approximately, 12 business hours.

This 15-Week workshop follows the same curriculum as the 4-week workshops but is spread over fifteen weeks. It’s designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.


This workshop gives students all the necessary skills to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro. Students are also taught multiple theoretical editing approaches.

Over the course of the workshop, students are provided footage to edit 4 varying types of projects. Students will edit: a Montage, a short Documentary, and a Dialogue project. The final week of the workshop is dedicated to cutting a Reel.

Editors hold one of the most critical roles in the filmmaking industry. Filmmakers rely on an editor’s storytelling and digital editing skills to shape the narrative of their story in post production and to polish their films. Editors are not solely limited to the film industry; they work in many areas of media, including news, documentaries, television, and web series.

The New York Film Academy’s 4-Week Digital Editing Workshops and 12-Week Evening Digital Editing Workshops provide students with hands-on instruction in editing theory, techniques and the fundamentals of digital editing. Students gain hands-on experience by editing various projects with footage provided to them in class. They also learn various theoretical concepts of editing and how to practically apply those theories.

Program requirements
  • Camera (cell phone will suffice)
  • Hard drive. Recommended specs are as follows:
    • 7,200 rpm. This is how fast your drive spins, rpm stands for rotations per minute.
    • 1tb of space.
    • Recommended brands: Lacie or G-Drive
    • Another option: SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable external Solid-State Drive (SSD). SSD storage is much faster than its HDD equivalent.
  • Premiere Pro and Photoshop - NYFA will provide the software during the workshop.
    • As of April 1, 2020, Adobe is offering a promotional campaign of $19.99 per month for more than 20 Creative Cloud apps including Premiere Pro and Photoshop with a NYFA student email address.
  • Laptop. Recommended spec requirements are as follows:
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4-WEEK ONLINE DIGITAL EDITING WITH ADOBE PREMIERE PRO

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
Please note: Students who submit applications later than Thursday at 5pm (ET) on the week preceding the start date of this workshop may not receive the Adobe Premiere software in time for the first day of class, as the issuance of your NYFA ID and account set-up requires, approximately, 12 business hours.

This Online Digital Editing workshop is designed to serve the needs of students from a wide array of professional, personal, and educational backgrounds. For students contemplating a longer-term education in editing or a career in the industry, it is an excellent introduction to the field. Students will edit various projects over the course, including a montage and two short narrative scenes.

In daily meetings, students are instructed on critical skills such as starting a project, making cuts, post-production workflow, sound design, media management, basic effects, and other advanced concepts.

Editors hold one of the most critical roles in the filmmaking industry. Filmmakers rely on an editor’s storytelling and digital editing skills to shape the narrative of their story in post production and to polish their films. Editors are not solely limited to the film industry; they work in many areas of media, including news, documentaries, television, and web series.

The New York Film Academy’s 4-Week Digital Editing Workshops provide students with instruction in editing theory, techniques and the fundamentals of digital editing. Students not only gain experience by editing various projects but they also learn the art of storytelling. They will master various theoretical concepts of editing and how to practically apply those theories.

Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Week 1 and 2:
    • Premiere Pro/Getting to know the software
    • Creating a Montage (Theory)
    • How to efficiently log footage, Open a project, Basic Editing
    • Audio/Implement audio and perform audio mixing
    • Project 1: Montage
    • How to correctly export your project with the appropriate settings
    • Intermediate Sound/Advanced audio mixing techniques
    • Creative Storytelling/Be a better storyteller.
    • Intermediate Editing techniques
    • Project 2: Basic Narrative Scene
    • Screening and Critique, Project 1 and 2.
  • Week 3 and 4:
    • Introduction to Graphics and Effects
    • Color Grading and Correction
    • Project 3: Intermediate Narrative Scene
    • Photoshop/Intro
    • Project improvements for an advanced, polished look.
    • Screening and Critique, Project 3 and 4
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4-WEEK ONLINE DIGITAL EDITING WITH AVID MEDIA COMPOSER

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

This program is designed to immerse students comprehensively in both the technical craft and the conceptual art of Digital Post Production. Students learn the fundamentals of non-linear editing on their own Avid Media Composer Station.

In addition to giving students a firm grounding in the craft of editing, the course gives students the opportunity to become Avid Certified Users with an Avid Certification test in the final week of the program. The course covers Avid's Media Composer 101 Fundamentals I and Media Composer 110 Fundamentals II, which will give students a strong grounding in all the skills necessary for successful editing in an Avid environment. In addition to learning how to set up projects, input/output media, trim, and create effects, students will be doing additional creative projects throughout the course, including a dialogue scene, a music video. Students will also be introduced to color grading with DaVinci Resolve.
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15-WEEK ONLINE SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS

Our 15-Week Online Screenwriting workshops offer instruction in specific areas of screenwriting, whether it be feature-length film scripts, television, or comic book writing, each of the workshops is structured to deliver intensely focused and challenging lessons to help students improve their skills and develop projects of which they can be proud.

Our 15-week online screenwriting courses can be taken sequentially to follow the natural arc of project development, or taken a la carte to fulfill the exact needs of each student’s current goals.

15-Week Online Screenwriting workshops offered:

4-WEEK ONLINE SCREENWRITING - TELEVISION PILOT (Beginners)

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

With over 580 shows currently broadcasting on TV, cable, and streaming services, there’s never been a better time in history to be a television writer. The 4-Week Online Television Writing program will prepare the emerging writer for every phase of TV Storytelling; from developing a concept, building characters, and pitching their ideas to crafting an outline and ultimately writing the teaser and first act of the teleplay (Half-Hour Sitcom or One-Hour Drama).

Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to: anatomy of the sitcom, building the one-hour drama, and the differences between network and cable shows. Students will complete the program with a Character Biography, Five-Minute Pitch, Detailed Outline, Completed Show Bible, and Teaser and First Act of their TV Show.

Sessions: One class subject each day, divided into two 1.5 hour segments with a break in between.
Classes: Feature Writing Workshop, Elements of Dramatic Narrative

Also see our 15-week online screenwriting programs.
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4-WEEK ONLINE SCREENWRITING - STORY & STRUCTURE

This Online Screenwriting Workshop will provide students with a hands-on experience on what it means to be a screenwriter in the film industry. Students will learn the basic building blocks of story - structure, character, dialog, and industry-standard formatting. They will use these tools to develop an original idea for a feature film into a detailed outline. The program focuses primarily on the basic tools all writers need to develop their stories. It provides a fundamental knowhow relevant to anyone who wants to write cinematically for the screen.

Students will complete the program with a Short Treatment and Detailed Beat Sheet for a Feature Screenplay, ready to go to pages. Students will have written script pages (practice scenes) for the Elements of Screenwriting portion of the program.

Sessions: One class subject each day, divided into two 1.5 hour sessions with a break in between.
Classes: Elements of Screenwriting, Feature Screenwriting Workshop

Also see our 15-week online screenwriting programs.
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4-WEEK ONLINE BROADCAST JOURNALISM

Offered for regular programming and additional workshops available for Asia time zones. To view schedules, click here.

This workshop offers an intensive hands-on curriculum, developed in collaboration with award-winning broadcast, cable and online journalists. Through both study and hands-on practice, students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques and craft of digital journalism.

Students first learn, and then put into practice research, writing, interviewing, reporting, video/audio recording, editing, and producing skills. They also come to understand the impact digital and cross-platform distribution is having on traditional journalism. During teacher-supervised Production Workshops, the process of producing, shooting, interviewing and sound recording for news projects is put into practice prior to going out into the field.

Visual storytelling is an essential aspect of digital journalism. Students develop their storytelling skills through a combination of lecture, demonstration, in-class exercises and the students' own work. Emphasis is placed on the key production skills utilized a wide range of program types, including national and local news, sports news, entertainment news as well as fashion/lifestyle news.

Students spend significant time, both inside and outside of class hours, creating their projects.

Program Requirements:
  • Smart Phone with a camera
  • Filmic Pro app (additional student cost is approximately $14.99)
  • DaVinci Resolve Editing Software (no additional student cost)
  • Laptop or desktop computer with minimum specs for editing (see table below)
Suggested Resources:
  • Microphone for smartphone (optional) may cost an additional $60-$150
  • External hard drive (optional) may cost an additional $30-$200
Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Week 1: Basic Training - Students participate in interviewing, writing, shooting and editing exercises
  • Week 2: The Voiceover - Students shoot and edit a 30-second Voiceover segment
  • Week 3: The News Package - Students create a 90-second News Package
  • Week 4: The Interview Profile - Students produce a short video profile, in which an engaging character tells his/her own story
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4-WEEK ONLINE 3D ANIMATION & VFX

This online 4-Week Survey of 3D Animation & VFX workshop is designed to deliver a bird’s-eye view of the tools, pipelines, and careers available in 3D animation and VFX. The course will cover basic introductions to modeling, texturing, rigging, lighting, rendering, compositing, and VFX. This survey course offers a window into the magnitude of the industry, giving the student a hands-on perspective of all its possibilities and a glimpse at some emerging technologies.

Additional Costs: Please note there may be some additional costs for software costing upto $165. This will depend on the student’s choice to use either trial versions for free or to purchase software with provided student discounts. Examples of software include Autodesk Maya, V-Ray (or Arnold), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve Editing Software (no additional student cost), Adobe After Effects (or Nuke), word processing, web design tools, presentation tools.
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PERFORMING ARTS


15-WEEK ONLINE ACTING

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)
This 15-Week workshop follows the same curriculum as the 4-week workshops but is spread over fifteen weeks. It’s designed to meet the needs of students who have other commitments.


Schedule Options
The program is offered for two different time zone options. Click here for the two options.

Workshop Description
The two principal areas of concentration in this intensive program are Acting for Film and Scene Study. These areas coincide in the creation of short, filmed scenes in which students act. The edited scenes are the main projects of the workshop. Scene Study emphasizes the theory and practice of the basic elements of the acting craft, using Stanislavsky’s system. While Acting for Film classes aim specifically at training students for the requirements of acting on a film set.

Courses encourage students to break down physical and internal inhibitions, and help each student find the most effective personal sources for the creation of truthful characters. Students should be prepared to work in non-traditional acting classes that emphasize the construction and control of character given the unique pressures of a film or television shoot.

The program is constructed to deliver a great deal of content in a short time, and is an exceptional opportunity for a total immersion experience in fifteen weeks. Classes will meet twice a week and students will need to do some preparation outside of class.

No significant prior experience or knowledge is assumed. The program brings everyone to the same level very quickly, beginning with the fundamentals while also filling the inevitable gaps in the understanding of those with prior experience.

There are no prerequisites for this Workshop.

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8-WEEK ONLINE ACTING

Tuition: $3,600 (USD)

This online intensive program will help develop the skills you need to compete in the business of professional acting. Students will learn how to choose and workshop monologues, how to write, shoot and produce their own original material, discover how to breakdown and prepare a script, watch and discuss great performances from some of the best talent in the industry, and prepare for the business by learning how to self-tape and submit for auditions. This unique experience is a wonderful way to study at the New York Film Academy with people from all over the world, with the convenience of an online platform.

Final Deliverables: Two self-written and produced original shorts, Two monologues that are audition ready, several practice self-tape auditions and practical experience in interviewing and auditions.
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4-WEEK ONLINE ACTING

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

This online intensive program will help develop the skills you need to compete in the business of professional acting. Students will learn how to choose and workshop monologues, learn how to write, shoot and produce their own original material, discover how to breakdown and prepare a script, watch and discuss great performances from some of the best talent in the industry, and prepare for the business by learning how to self-tape and submit for auditions. This unique experience is a wonderful way to study at the New York Film Academy with people from all over the world, with the convenience of an online platform.

Final Deliverables: A self-written and produced original short, a monologue that is audition ready, several practice self-tape auditions
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2-WEEK ONLINE ACTING

Tuition: $450 (USD)

This online intensive program will help develop the skills you need to compete in the business of professional acting. Students will learn how to choose and workshop monologues, learn how to write, shoot and produce their own original material, discover how to breakdown and prepare a script, watch and discuss great performances from some of the best talent in the industry, and prepare for the business by learning how to self-tape and submit for auditions. This unique experience is a wonderful way to study at the New York Film Academy with people from all over the world, with the convenience of an online platform.

Final Deliverables: A self-written and produced original short, a monologue that is audition ready, several practice self-tape auditions
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1-WEEK ONLINE ACTING

Tuition: $450 (USD)

This online intensive program will serve as an introduction to developing the skills you need to compete in the business of professional acting. Students will learn how to choose and workshop monologues, how to write, shoot and produce their own original material, discover how to breakdown and prepare a script, watch and discuss great performances from some of the best talent in the industry, and prepare for the business by learning how to self-tape and submit for auditions. This unique experience is a wonderful way to study at the New York Film Academy with people from all over the world, with the convenience of an online platform.

Final Deliverables: A monologue that is audition ready, practice self-tape auditions, pitched idea for an online video, and a chance to discuss and analyze a great performance
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STARTING YOUR VOICEOVER CAREER CLASSES
With professional VO artists Deidre Goodwin and Kristy Cates and Producer/Engineer Jonathan Appell

  • 5 weeks long meeting on Tuesday and Thursday
  • 25 hours total
  • One 2.5-hour class per day
  • 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. ET
  • It is recommended you have a usb mic for this class
Step up to the mic and dive into the world of voiceovers. This introductory workshop breaks down what it takes to pursue a career as a voiceover artist. Over the five weeks, students will study different areas of voiceover including commercial, promo and animation, how to take care of your voice, the basics of setting up a home studio, how to create your own voice over demo reel and how to pursue a career in the voice over industry.

15-WEEK ONLINE MUSICAL THEATRE

Tuition: $1,800 (USD)

This online Musical Theatre Workshop introduces students to the integral skills required for success in the musical theatre field and teaches them how to prepare themselves for the various demands of a musical theatre career. It is designed for individuals with singing and movement abilities who may or may not have prior experience on a musical theatre stage. Upon completion, students will have gained invaluable knowledge and experience in the art and craft of musical theatre through the convenience of an online platform.

Classes: Acting, Performance Lab, Ballet, Jazz/Theatre Dance, History of Musical Theatre, Voice Studio Lab, Audition Technique, Basic Music Theory
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4-WEEK MUSICAL THEATRE

This online Musical Theatre Workshop introduces students to the integral skills required for success in the musical theatre field and teaches them how to prepare themselves for the various demands of a musical theatre career. It is designed for individuals with singing and movement abilities who may or may not have prior experience on a musical theatre stage. Upon completion, students will have gained invaluable knowledge and experience in the art and craft of musical theatre through the convenience of an online platform.

Classes: Acting, Performance Lab, Ballet, Jazz/Theatre Dance, History of Musical Theatre, Voice Studio Lab, Audition Technique, Basic Music Theory

Additional cost: Once weekly one-on-one voice lessons (four total) for an additional US$250.
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